INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Firefighters call off next weeks strike at 27 Airports
Earlier this week the United Fire Fighters Union of Australia’s aviation branch scheduled strike action at 27 airports across Australia next week. This threatened to disrupt international and domestic flights, since some airlines don’t allow arrival at an airport that is not appropriately staffed with firefighters
New Agreement reached
Looks like the threat had the desired effect with firefighters reaching a new enterprise agreement, whereby they will receive a 4.9% salary increase.
The union had scheduled protected industrial action between 6 am and 10 am next Friday, covering all capital city gateways amongst 27 airports nationally.
The strike was based on there being a shortage of firefighters after 100 or so firefighters took voluntary redundancy starting in October 2021. The union claimed that this resulted in around 600 flights each month operating with insufficient fire fighters on duty.
I love digital, except when my phone dies, which happened to me on the last night of my recent visit to New Zealand
Mmmm, The cynical me says this supposed lack of safety was just a tactic to get a 4.9% pay increase. There goes the trust in firefighters . . .